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'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:45pm

Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents. The author and illustrator says he got a lot of practice telling stories as a kid — "making up excuses for where my biological parents were."

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Au Revoir, Souris: Bono, Pharrell, Laurie Anderson Memorialize An Art Giant's Cat

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:07am

French artist Sophie Calle's cat died in 2014. To mourn him, Calle asked dozens of musicians — including Michael Stipe, The National and Jarvis Cocker — to memorialize him.

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Black Genius And What Comes After Slavery

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:51am

The author of Man Booker Prize finalist Washington Black began her new book on a plantation in 1830s Barbados. "I really have no idea where my story is going at the outset of it," she says.

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Novelist Esi Edugyan On Depicting The 'Forgotten Figures' Of Scientific History

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:19pm

Edugyan's latest novel, Washington Black, tells the story of a boy who escapes slavery and embarks on a voyage of scientific discovery. It has been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

Phoebe Robinson: There's No Excuse For The Lack Of Diversity In Comedy

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00pm

"There are so many talented, amazing people and if you're not booking them, it's either out of laziness or the fact you really don't care," says the co-host of the 2 Dope Queens podcast.

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'Washington Black' Is A Soaring Tale Of Enslavement And Escape

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:17am

Esi Edugyan's new novel centers on a boy who escapes slavery via hot air balloon — before crashing down to hard historical realities. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Washington Black "a wonder."

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Getting 'The Band' Together: Questions For Nicholas Eames

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 6:00am

Author Nicholas Eames's series The Band is a joyous mashup of classic rock and fantasy tropes — because if there were monsters, why wouldn't there be bands of celebrity mercenaries to slay them?

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'Bad Times At The El Royale' Is A Twisty, Neon-Lit Neo-Noir

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 4:00am

In writer/director Drew Goddard's film, several strangers converge at a casino-motel filled with dark passageways and two-way mirrors — a lot like the film's satisfyingly pulpy, B-movie plot.

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Redefining The Bakhu—And The Great American Road Trip—Through Self-Portraiture

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 4:00am

A photographer confronts the childhood discomfort she felt wearing traditional Mustangi clothing in public by traveling across the country and posing for portraits in them.

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U.K. Sets 'Tartuffe' In Birmingham's Pakistani Muslim Community

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 5:01pm

In a new take on Moliere's Tartuffe, the original production's "dangerous priest" villain is now portrayed as a manipulative Imam who preys on a Muslim family.

MacArthur 'Genius' Poet Natalie Diaz Tackles Issues Facing Native Americans

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 4:24pm

Poet Natalie Diaz speaks with NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji about being selected for a MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Her work focuses on social justice issues and her Mojave and Latina heritage.

The 'Young Black Man' Who Reluctantly Became An NRA-Certified Instructor

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 4:24pm

RJ Young developed an interest in guns in order to bond with his white father-in-law. The experience is chronicled is his new book, Let It Bang.

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In 'Scribe,' A World Haunted By Absences

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 9:00am

Alyson Hagy's new dystopian novel paints an America torn apart by war and plague, leaving little of the past intact. It's a lean, hungry book that draws on Appalachian folk myths, mercilessly told.

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'The Ravenmaster' Is Definitely (There) For The Birds

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 7:00am

Legend says that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, England will fall. Luckily, ravenmaster Chris Skaife is there to care for them, and he's got a new book about these extraordinary birds.

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'The Witch Elm' Starts Slow, Then Sucks You In

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 6:00am

Tana French's new standalone novel packs a lot of character and background information into the first few chapters, but the atmosphere and dialogue will keep you turning pages as the mystery unfolds.

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How 'Bring The Pain' Brought Chris Rock Superstar Fame

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 5:00am

A new A&E documentary highlights the stand-up comedian's breakout HBO special.

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MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 5:49pm

Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.

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Artists Take To The Streets To Reflect On Current Political Climate

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 5:14pm

From street artist Robbie Conal to "The 50 State Initiative" that features exhibitions and more than 100 artist-designed billboards, artists are responding to the current political environment.

For October, 3 Romances To Keep You On The Path To Happily Ever After

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 9:00am

A good romance is an easy read, but a tough emotional journey for the characters. This month, we're showcasing three books that'll keep you flipping pages through all the highs and lows along the way.

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'Heavy': Kiese Laymon's Memoir Examines How People Absorb Trauma

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 7:05am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kiese Laymon about his relationship with his mother as well as his addiction to food and gambling. Both are documented in his new book, "Heavy: An American Memoir."




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